Where Hope Lays

Dred Scott v. Stanford
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Kelo v. City of New London
Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker
Texas v. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin

Last night I was absolutely distraught, discouraged, and depressed over the clearly errant and unconstitutional opinion rendered by the supreme Court. I like so many people felt shocked by this most recent decision and we seemed to “lose all hope” in the future.

After sitting about feeling as if it were the end of this Nation as I know it, it occurred to me that I should not be placing all my hope in the sCOTUS to do the “right thing.” That’s like spitting into the wind.

History does not support placing any hope in sCOTUS and only an ignorance of history allows people to believe that political body is one of impeccable integrity. As the teen down the street is so fond of saying, “They ain’t nothing.”

That said, here are some American Revolutionary War Facts that I think we must remember…

It was 15 years after the first real battle (1761) against the illegal acts of the British Government before we officially declared Independence in 1776.

It would be seven years before the battles ended and the British signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Additionally, we would fight the British after that treaty almost continually until the end of the War of 1812 so tack on another 32 years of unrest and conflict.

It wasn’t “1000 farmers” who “defeated the entire British Army” as often reported. That’s impossible considering 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner.

Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war. And let’s not forget those civilians killed during the endless raids of cities, towns, and villages.

It was not only Americans who fought for our Independence. We would have never succeeded if it had not been for the aid of France, Spain, and the Netherlands, with France giving us the most aid and Spain helping us to secure the mouth of the Mississippi for provisions.

America spent an equivalent of $2.8 Billion in today’s money to wage the War. Most of that came from foreign aid.

So, given all these facts it is undeniably a miracle that our battle for independence was successful given the power of the British Kingdom and their allies at the time. So don’t give up hope and never surrender your dream of Liberty.


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